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Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whitakker announce their departure from Doctor Who

July 29th, 2021 by Marc Comments

Just after the trailer for Doctor Who series 13 was released at the weekend – you can see it below – it seems that the current regime at the BBC is set to step down at the end of this series.

And I, for one, cannot wait to see the end of showrunner Chris Chibnall and the plight he brought on the show… although I do wish star Jodie Whittaker had had a chance to shine under someone else during her run.

Anyway, Chibnall and Whittaker have both confirmed they are stepping down from the TARDIS at the end of series 13… and the specials to come after it, during the show’s 60th-anniversary celebrations.

After the series’ six episodes air we will get, much like during David Tennant’s era, a further two specials in 2022 and an additional feature length episode – much like the 50th anniversary’s Day of the Doctor – set to air in Autumn 2022.

And then it’s off for another regeneration… and hopefully Micheal Sheen jumping into the Blue Box.

“Jodie and I made a “three series and out” pact with each other at the start of this once-in-a-lifetime blast. So now our shift is done, and we’re handing back the TARDIS keys,” says Chibnall.

“Jodie’s magnificent, iconic Doctor has exceeded all our high expectations. She’s been the gold standard leading actor, shouldering the responsibility of being the first female Doctor with style, strength, warmth, generosity and humour. She captured the public imagination and continues to inspire adoration around the world, as well as from everyone on the production. I can’t imagine working with a more inspiring Doctor – so I’m not going to!

“It’s great that the climax of the Thirteenth Doctor’s story will be at the heart(s) of the BBC’s centenary celebrations.”

Whittaker added: “I wish our successors – whoever the BBC and BBC Studios choose – as much fun as we’ve had. They’re in for a treat!”

As I said, I think Chibnall handled the last three years of Doctor Who like a spoilt, clumsy child and I think it did no service to Whittaker or the rest of the cast. I do suspect that, whoever steps up for the next regeneration will have to be powerhouse performance because there’s going to be a lot of work to get the show back to anywhere near its former glory.

Am I harsh? Let me know.

Source: Doctor Who

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….